Friday, August 14, 2015

ERC PRESS RELEASE: Second Anniversary of the Raba'a Massacre


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Friday, August 14, 2015
Press statement

Second Anniversary of the Raba’a Massacre

Today marks two years since the tragic Raba’a Massacre when Egyptian military and police force dispersed, by brutal force, the peaceful sit-ins of Raba’a Square in Cairo and Nahda Square in Giza. Egyptians from all walks of life, and from different ideological and political backgrounds, formed sit-ins in Raba’a and Nahda Squares following the 3rd of July, 2011 military coup, in order to express their complete rejection for it and to demand the restoration of democracy.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Raba’a Massacre is, “one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history”. In a matter of hours, thousands were killed by security forces, some were burned to death and thousands more were arrested on the day.

Dr Maha Azzam, Head of the ERC said, “Raba’a is a crime against humanity for which there has been no accountability. The Egyptian people and all free people demand justice for the victims of the crimes committed by Egypt's military regime and will not be silenced until justice is realised. Furthermore, Egyptians are proving every day that Raba’a is not just a memory but a powerful ongoing struggle for freedom and rights.” 

Egyptians continue, to this day, to demonstrate daily against the military coup, and today has seen an increase in the numbers of demonstrators in Egypt which clearly signals that the revolution is still alive in the hearts of Egyptians and that they are determined to continue on the revolutionary path.

The Egyptian Revolutionary Council urges all Egyptians in Egypt, and the free people of the world, to commemorate the humanitarian tragedy of the Raba’a Massacre, and to stand side-by-side with Egyptians demanding democracy, freedom and social justice.


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